Sally J. Pla

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Sally J. Pla is an award-winning children’s author whose books have appeared on many state awards lists and “best books” roundups. THE SOMEDAY BIRDS, a Goodreads Choice Award Finalist, received the 2018 Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award for its depiction of autism/disability, BENJI, THE BAD DAY, & ME received the San Diego Book Award for Best Children’s Book in 2019. STANLEY WILL PROBABLY BE FINE is a Bank Street, Kirkus, and NYPL Best Book of the year.

Sally is also an autism and neurodiversity advocate – she believes in the beauty of different brains, and in stories where different kids can see themselves, sometimes for the first time. Visit her anytime at www.sallyjpla.com.

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Sally J. Pla I love you back, Namrata! :-) I'm so grateful to you for reading and liking The Someday Birds, and for writing me this question. Hearing from kind peo…moreI love you back, Namrata! :-) I'm so grateful to you for reading and liking The Someday Birds, and for writing me this question. Hearing from kind people like you, it always makes my day.

I do have another middle grade novel in development right now. It is set about 100 years in the future, and it is about a young girl who is very different from the world around her, and her quest to save her best friend--who happens to be an unusual animal... It will be at least a year until this story is out in the world, but I deeply hope you will give it a try and like it. I've very much enjoyed writing it!(less)
Sally J. Pla Everything works better when you unplug it for a bit -- including us. So I take a creative break. I leave my laptop for a while. Read all kinds of dif…moreEverything works better when you unplug it for a bit -- including us. So I take a creative break. I leave my laptop for a while. Read all kinds of different, varied, new stuff, for fun. Relax. Make art. Play music. Think. Walk. Eventually, ideas start humming. (less)
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Raymie's been Shortlisted and I'm So Glad!

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Kate diCamillo's wonderful middle grade novel, Raymie Nightingale, was shortlisted for a National Book Award today, and in honor of that, I am re-posting the review I wrote -- at two in the morning -- after staying up to finish reading it, the day it came out back in April. Needless to say, I'm a fan ;-) Here it is:

Raymie Nightingale Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

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Kira Hawke Hey there, Sally! Thanks for the friend request - I recognize you from Twitter and it's nice crossing paths again :)


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